Every year in early June this more than 200-year-old icon of Spanish colonial church architecture gets a new coat of mud, straw and sand to protect the adobes from which it is constructed. This monumental two-week event is in itself an iconic manifestation of community fellowship in which every member of the congregation participates. I began with the intention of merely recording a physical process, but quickly became overwhelmed by its spiritual significance and turned my attention to a composite portrait of shared love and effort so rare in this day and age. This is just a working set of 132 photographs which will be further refined. I just wanted to get them here so that the members of the St. Francis of Assisi congregation could see them.
© Rupert Chambers